Ohio Graduation Requirements: An Overview

Graduation Requirements?  Over the last four (4) years the State of Ohio has completed a revision of graduation requirements.  The next two lessons will provide you with an overview of the

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Earning an Ohio High School Diploma for the Class of 2018

Students have multiple pathways to earn a high school diploma so that you can move on to a post-secondary education or start a career.

Basic Requirements: Students must complete and earn a state minimum of twenty (20) credits in specific subjects.  These courses are highlighted in the table listed below:

Courses State Minimum
 English language arts 4 credits
 Health ½ credit
 Mathematics 4 credits1
 Physical education ½ credit2
 Science 3 credits3
 Social studies 3 credits4
 Electives 5 credits5

Algebra II? Students in the class of 2014 and beyond need four credits of high school mathematics as one requirement to earn an Ohio high school diploma.  The only math course required in state law is Algebra II or its equivalent. The recommendation is that students complete Algebra II by the end of their third year in high school. Algebra II or its equivalent is the highest level math course required for graduation. The other three math credits must be high school level courses.  For more information, you can download the ODE flyer by clicking HERE.

In addition to the courses listed above, students must also receive instruction in economics and financial literacy and complete at least two semesters of fine arts.

Demonstrating What They Have Learned:  There are three pathways under which students can demonstrate what they have learned under Ohio law.

  1. Ohio’s State Tests: Earn 18 out of 35 points on seven end-of-course state tests. You can earn up to five points on each test. You need a minimum of four points in math, four points in English language arts and six points across science and social studies. 
  2. Industry-recognized credential and score on workforce readiness test Earn an industry-recognized credential or a group of credentials totaling 12 points and earn the required score on the WorkKeys test. Ohio pays for you to take the test one time. Some districts offer the Senior Only program through which you can earn credentials in one school year.
  3. College and career readiness tests: Earn remediation-free scores* in math and English language arts on the ACT or SAT. Your district chooses either the ACT or SAT. You will take a one-time statewide spring test in grade 11 for free. *Ohio’s university presidents set these scores, which are subject to change.